Skiing and snowboarding during the winter season – Lesotho
JUNE – SEPTEMBER
Clarens is a mere two hours away from the Afriski ski resort (But add in a little extra time for the border post.)
AND if you need some reasons to go – just have a look at the following videos:
Afriski Mountain Resort 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MewqQPxebPk
· Snow making 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEmJXUhT88M
· Winter Whip Snowboarding competition; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6lAn4hwHck
· MTB cup series (Summer activity); https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWoyzfc14tI
· Pudi Ski School; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHVypGf6jWg
· Afriski Enduro weekend; (Summer activity) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbFW0ob25XA
You can of course drive there yourself (see Clarens to Afriski) but if there has been a good snow fall in Lesotho we strongly recommend that you go with one of the Clarens based tour operators: they know the road and their vehicles are properly equipped for all conditions. All you need to do is to book a shuttle, and arrive early in the morning with your passport, some warm clothing and a camera. (The route takes you through some stunning scenery.) Your guide will not only get you there and back safely, but will show you where to go and what to do once you are at the resort. Spend most of the day on the slopes, and be back in Clarens in time for dinner.
Book a day-trip from Clarens:
Maluti Tours: Contact details
Clarens Xtreme: Contact details
Should you plan to drive there yourself, please have a look at our Self-drive/Sightseeing page: Clarens to Afriski for everything you need to know in order to have an enjoyable journey there and back.
Trip Essentials (whether you’re going with one of the Tour Companies or driving there yourself)
Ensure that you have a valid passport in order to enter Lesotho. SADC , British, American, and EU citizens do not require a visa. Should you not be carrying a passport from one of these countries please check with the Lesotho embassy. All children under the age of 18 need to carry an unabridged birth certificate. Click here For more information.
Take the following
– Appropriate clothing: Warm socks; thermal underwear; warm shoes with good tread and a second pair of shoes in case your first pair get wet; ski pants (waterproof) to use on the slopes; beanie and scarf.
– Sunglasses or goggles. You need to protect your eyes rather than run the risk of snow blindness.
– Sunscreen and lip balm. Just because it’s cold does not mean you won’t get sunburnt
– Cash and Credit cards. The Lesotho currency comprises of one Loti (plural Maloti) which is divided into 100 lisente (singular sente). The currency is linked to the South African Rand which is also accepted. Mastercard, American Express, Visa and diners club are accepted in the main centres and in most lodges and hotels.
It is not necessary to have ski-ing equipment. You can hire everything you need at the resort.
Clarens News July 2015
Important information for those planning to visit Lesotho
As you can see from the photograph above, (sent in by Damien Coulson) Afriski has had quite a lot of snow, and the slopes are looking good. BUT, if you’re planning to take the kids (anyone under the age of 18) please be aware that their unabridged birth certificates are now a requirement – even if they are travelling on their own passports! News from Afriski and Maluti Tours is that this new law (brought in on the 1st June) has already led to massive cancellations – mainly on account of the fact that it takes so long to get the right paperwork. Afriski is really worth a visit, but if you want to take the youngsters start getting the paperwork organized as soon as possible.
Click here for further information on visiting Lesotho as well as tours from Clarens to Lesotho
Clarens News June 2014
No snow in Clarens yet : just clear blue skies and very chilly nights. But yes – winter is here and it’s time to go skiing. Afriski (only 2 hours from Clarens) is open and the thanks to their ability to make snow, the slopes are already providing opportunities for some great fun in the snow.
Click here for more on Making Snow at Afriski
Click here for Snow Report’s Afriski review 2014